Proposals sought for Indiana Dunes farmstead

In a photo provided by the Michigan City, Ind., Fire Department Josh Zimmer, a United Construction Co., works at the scene Friday, July 12, 2013, of the rescue of 6-year-old Nathan Woessner, who was found alive under 11 feet of sand on Mount Baldy sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore near Michigan City, Ind. (AP Photo/Michigan City Fire Department, The News Dispatch)

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Officials at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are seeking private sector proposals for re-establishing a working farm at the 1885 brick farmhouse on its property.

A farmer on the park staff and volunteers had the Chellberg Farm bustling with livestock and a thriving orchard until the park along Lake Michigan was hit with budget cuts.

Park administrator Liz McConnell tells The Times of Munster ( ) that all ideas for the 80-acre site will be considered. The park service’s plan is to lease the farm for 10 years and perhaps longer.

McConnell says while the farm is not currently operational, the structures have been maintained and are in good condition.

The site represents a typical area early 1900s farmstead and is named for a Swedish immigrant family which lived there.


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